Renewable energy main ingredient of Energy Policy

Sharlien Tjambari

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has finalised the National Renewable Energy Policy for Namibia. Renewable power generation as the country’s main electrical power generation source takes central position (Picture: Wind farm at Lüderitz).

At the official opening of a two-day Conference of the Association of Electrical Distribution Undertakings (AEDU/AEMU) at Swakopmund this week, Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga, said the conference is a platform to bring all stakeholders up to date with the country’s needs and wants in terms of an energy future.
Shilunga added Namibia is a land of abundance in sunshine and wind and existing technologies make it reachable and affordable to install solar- and wind generating capacity as well as electricity storage capacity.
Shilunga expressed her resolve that Namibia can become energy self-sufficient and even a net exporter of electricity with renewable energy as the backbone of the country’s generating capacity. This goal in fact forms part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan as well as the country’s Vision 2030 development goal.
Shilunga also used the occasion of the Conference to reiterate Government’s resolve to reach its goal of 50 % rural electrification goals set for 2020 as well as 100 % electrification rate for all Namibian schools.
The Conference was attended by Namibian and South African local authority Councillors; a delegation of the Namibian Electricity Control Board, NamPower and various Electricity Distribution Companies including Erongo RED.

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